"We got news about her father Abdulhadi, her husband Wafi Al-Majed, and her brother-in-law Hussein Ahmed as the Ministry of Interior contacted us and asked that we take clothes for them." - Zainab's mother
Zainab Al-Khawaja broke her fast today on day 10, in very poor condition, according to short message from her mother. An estimated 3,000 citizens of Bahrain, as well as participants from Canada to Thailand to Spain, have fasted the past 3 days in solidarity, in what may be the largest mass hunger-strike in history. Although the Al-Khalifa has not released Zainab's father, husband, brother-in-law, and uncle from detention, this action from the government is significant. They were not previously willing to admit they even had her family in custody, and because of Zainab's actions and resulting international pressure, they have requested clothes be brought for the prisoners, suggesting they are being upgraded to a higher level of care. Care of prisoners in Bahrain can mean torture and detention without charges or trial.
The humanitarian crises continues in Bahrain unabated. Mohammed Al-Daaysi has just ended a seven day fast, after falling ill and consulting his doctor, for the release of his cousin Dr. Khulood Al-Sayaad. She is a pediatrician who was arrested in her hospital to prevent her from treating wounded protesters. Her brother, Hussain Al-Sayaad, is now on day 3 of his fast.
In a "nothing to see here" letter to the Washington Times, King Al-Khalifa accuses the demonstrators of being "extremist elements with ties to foreign governments in the region," which explains why he hired Saudi Arabian troops to shoot his own people.
Saudi-backed Bahraini security arrested dozens of doctors and nurses today at Ibn-Sina and al-Razi medical centers. Dr Masaud Jahromi, Chairman of the engineering department at Ahlia University in Bahrain was arrested last week, beaten and dragged from his bed in front of his family without a warrant.
In the face of a regime which shows no mercy to its people, firing buckshot into peaceful crowds, then arresting the wounded at the hospital - the effects of Zainab's actions are amazing. Not only has she mobilized a whole nation in a hunger strike, the Ministry of Interior is holding out an olive branch. Although it is not complete satisfaction, it is truly an astonishing turn of events: she has breached their armor with the weapons of peace.